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Spring Statement 2022: What it means for nail & beauty businesses

By Helena Biggs | 23 March 2022

Today (23 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his Spring Statement to Parliament, with a number of actions to help support households and businesses. The Statement reads: “The invasion [of Ukraine] has created significant uncertainty in the global economy, particularly in energy markets. The sanctions and strong response by the UK…

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Covid-19: Welsh government confirm £120m support for personal care sector

By Rebecca Hitchon | 10 January 2022

The Welsh government has confirmed that an additional £120m of funding will be made available to the personal care sector to support businesses that have been, and are impacted, by the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant between 13 December 2021 and 14 February 2022. On 22 December 2021, the…

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Coronavirus: Nail & beauty businesses in Wales to reopen from 12 April

By Chloe Randall | 1 April 2021

The Welsh Government has revealed that nail and beauty businesses will be able to reopen from 12 April, as part of their plan to exit lockdown. In a press conference with First Minister Mark Drakeford today (01.0.2021), it has been confirmed that close contact services will be able to reopen…

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Unilever to remove the word ‘normal’ from beauty & personal care products

By Chloe Randall | 9 March 2021

Global beauty conglomerate, Unilever are removing the word ‘normal’ from advertising and packaging from their beauty and personal care brands. This move comes after new research conducted by Unilever demonstrated 74% of people wanting the beauty and personal care industry to reflect a broader definition of beauty. It is one…

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BUDGET 2021: Nail & beauty industry reactions

By Kat Hill | 3 March 2021

Following the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak’s Budget announcement, Scratch gathers reactions from key figures in the nail & beauty industry… Millie Kendall MBE, CEO, British Beauty Council “I welcome today’s announcements, but we will remain committed to campaign for a VAT reduction of the personal care sector. “Businesses…

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Restart Grant: Is your business eligible?

By Helena Biggs | 3 March 2021

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, unveiled £5 billion for new Restart Grants in his 2021 Budget announcement. But what does this mean for eligible businesses in the personal care sector? The one-off cash grant offers up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses and up to £18,000 per…

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Govt recognises beauty industry with dedicated ‘personal care sector’ team

By Alex Fox | 14 January 2021

Following a steadfast campaign from the British Beauty Council, the UK Spa Association, BABTAC and the NHBF, the government has formed a sector-specific team dedicated to supporting personal care. These four key organisations have worked closely with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to overcome the challenges…

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Beauty Banks launches The Kids Are Not Alright campaign to tackle hygiene shaming

By Sophie Nutt | 8 September 2020

The founders of Beauty Banks, Jo Jones and Sali Hughes, have launched a campaign and fundraising appeal to tackle ‘hygiene shaming’ amongst children in schools. The Kids Are Not Alright campaign aims to raise awareness of the issue of hygiene shaming in the UK and encourages donations via its GoFundMe…

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Cosmetics industry predicted to move towards up-cycled ingredients

By Sophie Nutt | 29 August 2020

Food byproducts are being increasingly up-cycled as raw materials by the cosmetics industry, according to Ecovia Intelligence. Food byproducts are already established as a source of natural ingredients and some, such as palm kernel oil, are widely used in cosmetic and personal care products. There is greater demand for such…

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Revealed: the 5 biggest men’s care trends of the moment

By Sophie Nutt | 22 May 2020

Men’s grooming has seen a slow burn within the beauty and personal care industries, however it is unarguably seen a growth in popularity year-on-year, as brands increasingly target the sector and retailers dedicate more space to it in stores. The growth of the sector is simultaneous to the concept of…

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